Seaford residents weigh in on proposed ‘Oyster House Park’ project
SEAFORD, Del. – It’s a great opportunity, it’s a great start and then we can add other projects on top of this,” said Seaford residents Nan Zamorski.
It was a packed house inside the Seaford City Council room as dozens of residents came out to learn more about a proposed Oyster House Park Project that city officials are looking to bring to the area.
“I think it’s a really great plan,” said Seaford resident Katie Hickey.
Officials say the new addition would highlight the Nanticoke River in Downtown Seaford adding a number of walking trails, an oyster house, a kayak and canoe launching site, and a museum where people can learn about the history of the area.
“They want people to be able to access the river, learn about it ecology, it’s history and it’s also add ecotourism economic driver,” said the Principal of Landscape Architectural Services Matt Spong.
On Tuesday, residents were given an opportunity to offer their thoughts and ideas about the new project, and it was a hit. Many highlighting that the park could be a huge economic driver for the city.
“Our golden goose here in Seaford is the Nanticoke river and our proximity to the Chesapeake Bay,” said Zamorski.
“I just think when we add more recreational activity along the Nanticoke river they’ll be parking downtown they’ll want to explore that as well as the businesses so I think it’s a great cohesive opportunity,” said Hickey.
And while many were on board with the idea, they had one condition, that those working on the project make it their top priority to preserve as much of the land as possible.
“As long as everything I believe stays native and local to the area as far as plans go as well as the cohesion with a new bulkhead that bill for the safety of the river and participants around that especially erosion, I think everything else is pretty on par,”said Hickey.